Saturday, April 8, 2017

Strange the Dreamer Review

 Warning: This review contains spoilers.

This book came out on my birthday! It was perfect! But how on earth do I review an experience like this novel? For one thing, the writing is gorgeous and exquisite--but you only have to open up the book and read the prologue to know that.

Let me just make a list of things I loved and things I didn't:

Things I loved:

  • The poetic writing
  • The way she describes colors
  • The fact that I had to look up a few words 
  • How it disobeyed the rules of POV, poetically and perfectly, especially during the dream sequences between Lazlo and Sarai
  • How Lazlo isn't perfectly handsome
  • The story of how his nose got broken
  • The moths and their innovative dream-magic
  • The love story and how relatable and bright it was
  • How Minya can't age
  • The prologue
  • The sense of magical, awesome wonder I got when the citadel was first described
  • The buildup to the romance  how Sarai and Lazlo don't even meet until halfway through the book
  • Minya's gift
Things I didn't love:
  • The cliffhanger!! T.T
Other thoughts:

  • I thought it was strange how absent of humor the story was until Sarai entered the picture. I haven't puzzled out what that's about yet. 
  • Check out these drawings of the characters done by BlackBirdInk

Monday, April 3, 2017

A Court of Thorns and Roses Review

This book is a Beauty and the Beast retelling with a Hunger Games twist. Feyre is a fae-hating human who kills a wolf just because she suspects that it might be fae—and she’s right, and the wolf’s friends come to claim her life. Tamlin, her captor, plays a Beast-like role, while she’s anything but a demure, bookish Belle. She’s not even literate. As a fairytale retelling, the book is exceedingly clever and definitely makes the story feel fresh and new.

Dat opening line: “The forest was a labyrinth of snow and ice.” Drool.

The humor (mainly provided by Lucien, and a little by Rhysand) made the book sparkle for me, even though the story gets darker than dark.

All in all: 5 stars.